Worry Never Helps, But Having a Plan Does

When the going gets tough
Don’t worry…PLAN.

When you have a worry your energy and attention are siphoned off. Your eyes turn away from the present. Mired in mud, your tires spin as your worry deepens.

Indeed, worry, once it takes hold, easily turns into a vicious cycle that it’s hard to step away from.

That’s why it’s so important to learn to tell the difference between planning and worrying.

That can be a challenge because there are some similarities. But the differences are profound. 

Here’s what happened to us…

I remember when we had to confront this head-on at Finding Time many years ago. Our web host went out of business without warning. They simply disappeared, and we suddenly lost, not just our web host, but also our web site and most of our infrastructure.

When something like that happens, you’re left with a residue of what you might call post-traumatic stress. You’re on edge and alert for signs that it’s going to happen again. Having been caught off-guard, your antennae are up and, yes, you worry.

Back when that happened, we recovered, recreated our list, found a new web host, and carried on. It wasn’t easy, but we figured it out, and we did it. And then we faced a choice. What lessons would we carry with us?

Don’t worry, but plan…

In a nutshell, we quickly decided that it was more fruitful to focus on how we recovered than to stay mired in worry about what had happened. Acknowledging the difficulty and trauma of that time was important. Equally important was moving on, and bringing along lessons learned.

We reviewed what we had needed to get ourselves back on track, and set up better processes for backing up our mailing list and our website, just in case. We also developed written protocols for many of our basic functions. This has been vital in situations when a team member was away or unreachable and we needed to address an issue.

Basically, we made plans to cover situations where we recognized the potential for things to go wrong. If we were pulled toward worry, we reframed whatever-it-was with an eye toward planning. Was this something we could address with a plan?

To improve your planning power, distinguish planning from worrying.

This is a key concept to keep in mind – especially during times of change or transition.  Do what you can to make sure that things go smoothly, and then let go.

Worry never helps.

Worrying only saps your energy for other things. Let go of what you can’t control, and turn that “worry energy” into “planning energy.”  Put it to good use. 

When it comes right down to it, it’s just energy. When you are in worry mode, it may feel like you’re in the thrall of that energy. But you aren’t at its mercy. You can harness and transform it. It’s shaped by your choices.

Transforming your worried moments into planning moments will involve letting go and making some conscious choices. 

Ultimately, it will help you use your energy more creatively and proactively.

This helps, too.

Time is pure potential. You decide how to use it; and once you do, it’s gone.  That’s why it’s so important to build on your best time choices.  If you feel like your time slips through your fingers, then you’ll want to claim your copy of my complimentary “Daily Choices Template:  Proven Strategies for Tracking Your Best Time Choices Today, Tomorrow & All Year!” There’s no time like the present – to start moving toward the future you envision for yourself.

Let’s explore time together …

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